Hannam celebrates one year of Zumba
February 27, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Zumba, a fitness program that involves moving your body to fast-paced Latin music, may or may not be your idea of fun. For the residents of Hannam Village, however, Zumba offered much more than just a fitness program. It served as a way for the community at Hannam Village to meet new people, partake in an activity, and to get out of the house.
"Formerly we would have people stay at home and have nothing to do," said Patricia Nubine, an instructor for the Zumba program in Hannam Village. "When Zumba came to Hannam Village, though, it gave these people something to do within Hannam Village, and allowed community members to come out and meet each other."
And so to celebrate its one year anniversary, Hannam Village community members gathered in the Hannam Fitness Center to have its first Zumba Party, Feb. 23.
During the party, community members came to enjoy drinks, food, games, gifts, a special music performance by "Eddy and the Crew," and of course some exciting Zumba. Certificates were given to long time members who had attended ever since the start of the program. Additionally, gifts such as bracelets, towels, and bottles were also given to community members through raffles.
Ever since Hannam Village kicked off its Zumba program, it was an instant success, with 73 people showing up on the very first night.
"We had so many people the first night that we barely had room to Zumba," said Nubine.
As the months progressed, Nubine claimed that the number did shrink some, but as new members of the community came to Hannam, it was able to retain a pretty large group. In addition, stable members formed a compact group that shared a strong friendship.
"I'm really glad it's here and I am loving the instructors," said Erika Thornton an Army Wife living in Hannam. "I met a lot of people through the event, and everyone feels like family," Thornton said.
Thornton also explained how formerly, she didn't get to meet as many people even when living in the same community. With the Zumba program, however, it allowed her to meet many community members that she otherwise would probably not have met. Thornton added that for people new to the community who wanted to spend time with other people but didn't have many friends yet, Zumba was a great way to make new friends.